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The rock carvings at Aspeberget

Aspeberget is the area within the Tanum World Heritage Site where you can visit the most rock carving. Along a path of just under a kilometre, there are seven panels. The first panel along the path is also the largest, featuring around 250 images. The panel is dominated by deeply engraved depictions of bulls, humans, and ships. The rock is heavily damaged by weathering, and perhaps it is thanks to the significant depth of the carvings that they still exist for us to see, 3,000 years later.

Ships, bull and other animals at the main panel at Aspeberget. Photo: Hans Lundenmark, Vitlycke museum.

The path then leads to six more panels, both smaller and larger. The images on two of the panels are painted with red colour, while four are unpainted. To still be able to understand how the images look, there are signs with various forms of visualizations at the panels. Take the opportunity to visit the unpainted carvings in the afternoon when the images become more visible as the sunlight creates shadows in the recesses of the carvings. All the panels have information signs, and the path is equipped with stairs for increased accessibility. During the summer, there may be cows in the area, so remember to close the gates behind you!

At Aspeberget, there is also a burial field with low mounds from the Iron Age.

How to get to Aspeberget

The parking lot is located on road 914, 700 meters south of the Vitlycke Museum. An accessible parking area is available, from where you can reach the first panel by wheelchair.

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The Milky Way and rock carvings at Aspeberget. Photo: Hans Lundenmark, Vitlycke museum.